I believe we need privacy while on the internet. Online privacy should be viewed in the same light as property rights and privacy we have in our homes. Meaning the information should not be used without consent, because we live in the digital age and the internet is not going anywhere. Society needs to create laws protecting our privacy online. I believe the users of technology should have privacy. The law protecting privacy on the internet our non-existent and this allows free range for private corporations and the government to access our information. They assume that we should not expect privacy rights on the internet. This is wrong, and consent should be given allowing users to have control over the information that companies as well as government use.
I think the robot description discussed by Google is creepy and deceptive. I personal believe it is an invasion of privacy because the robot is a machine run by another machine which now knows all your personal information. The information stolen by the robot is more than likely being transmitted to another machine analyzing the information. Machines are made to follow orders the robot was instructed by a human to steal the individual’s personal information. Just because the robot exploded after reading and learning the individual’s personal information, dose not erase the fact that it read the information without consent. This is an invasion of privacy because the robot had intent to potentially cause harm or use the personal information taken, without consent, against that individual.
Sadly, surveillance programs are within the right of the government. Based on my interpretation of Article 2, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution which states, “when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Department,” (United States Constitution) the President of the United States can ask in writing through laws or governmental letters to surveillance everyone for a common good. An example of this is the Patriot Act which was passed by Congress after September 11, 2001. According to Ed Grabianowski, the Patriot Act allows government to surveillance emails, phone records and internet use from people of interest like terrorist and criminals. But to find people of interest you need to collect data on everyone and being filtering through it. The government is collecting data on everyone and saying it’s for the protection of the American people and the protection of the United States; The President is sworn into Office to protect and defend The United States and the American people by any means necessary. According to the White House, one of the executive Department includes the Defense department which is where the National Security Administration (NSA) is located. If the opinions of the Defense principle officer feel they need to spy on everyone to protect America, the Constitution allows them to without any legal recourse. This can be seen in Article 2 Section 2 clause 1 of the Constitution stated in, “upon and Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardon for Offenses against the United States” (United States Constitution). I’m sure the government does not what to blatantly state to the American people they have the power to surveillance everyone because it says so in the Constitution; this would cause a civil uprising to occur. Therefore, the government secretly surveillances hoping that the naïve uninformed American citizens never realize the massive power the government really has.
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